The Business Briefs are short news items concerning local businesses in Inner Southeast

Recent Rotary District Governor speaks at AHB meeting in Sellwood on October 18.Oregon "Rotary District Governor" speaks on business ethics: Renee Campbell, a professional printer in Salem and last year's regional "Rotary District Governor", is the speaker at the October monthly meeting of the nonprofit business association for those who work at home, the Association of Home Businesses. At the meeting in Sellwood at SMILE Station, S.E. 13th at Tenino, 6-9 p.m. on Thursday evening, October 18, Renee will be speaking on how ethics in business can positively impact the bottom line: "For those who want to build community, a solid good reputation, and long-term relationships – along with good products, good pricing, and customer service, fair and ethical practices and service to the community and to your profession – can be some of the best marketing tools at your disposal!" Businesspeople and guests are welcome, and a buffet supper is included in the meeting. RSVPs requested to Eric at 503/232-2326 for meal planning. Cost at the door $10 includes the meal. For more, go online –

Mobile physical therapy service started, based from Eastmoreland: Colleen Gilroy tells THE BEE she has opened a mobile PT business. She writes, "I have been a PT for 20 years, working with older adults, and have seen the life-changing impact of falls, generalized weakness, and deconditioning can have on people who want to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible." As for why a mobile service? "Many patients are limited by transportation issues, or feel intimidated working out alongside much younger people in a traditional outpatient therapy clinic. In addition, if someone is having trouble mobilizing in their own home, where better to work with them, than in their home?" If you would like more information, call her at 503/577-2706, or e-mail her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

"Music of Protest" explored at Classic Pianos Oct. 7: Pianist and former classical music critic of the Oregonian newspaper David Stabler will explore "powerful [classical] works that call out war, oppression, sexism, women's suffrage, working conditions, even homelessness," at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 7, at Classic Pianos, on the corner of S.E. Milwaukie Avenue and Powell Boulevard in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Admission $20, payable at the door. For more information, go online – Woodstock teacher Aron Steinke – an award-winning author: Students at Woodstock Elementary School might know him best as Mr. Steinke, who teaches fourth and fifth graders. But in other circles, Aron Nels Steinke is better known as something else: An award-winning author of graphic novels for kids. PPS announces that he has already won an Eisner Award, often called "the 'Oscar' for comic books". Steinke is now promoting his newest effort, "Mr. Wolf's Class", a graphic novel that was released in June. On Saturday, September 15, he hit one of the benchmarks for a Portland author – a 2 p.m. reading and signing at Powell's City of Books on West Burnside, downtown Portland.

"Sock Dreams" moves; "Petunia's Place" arrives: Long a fixture in Sellwood, the "Sock Dreams" retail store has moved north – to 3962 N. Mississippi Avenue in Portland. The store remains available for online ordering – – which may be the more convenient option for Inner Southeast residents in the future. Meantime, the space where Sock Dreams used to be – 8005 S.E. 13 th Avenue in Sellwood – has reopened as "Petunia's Place", which proprietor Carolyn Ackerman says is renamed for "my first bunny and the love of my life", and will feature a wide variety of housewares, jewelry, clothing items, "and so much more." Ackerman also runs the "Let Carolyn Paint It" business often advertised in THE BEE, which now also offers needed repair on older houses being painted, and much of the proceeds from both her businesses are dedicated to the care and wellbeing of homeless and abused animals, she says.

Provence & French Rivera Walking Tour planned: A walking tour in Provence and the French Riviera is scheduled for the coming spring from May 15th to 25th by 20-year Sellwood resident Ms. Ryan Crosby. Ryan has taught yoga for two decades in Sellwood and Lake Oswego, and explains that she was looking for European locations to offer yoga retreats and realized walking trips might be more affordable, while at the same time giving travelers an opportunity to see more of a country. Previous trips have taken Ryan and her travelers to Amalfi, Tuscany, Ireland, Greece, and now France. "GoAhead", with whom she works, has been providing travel opportunities for more than for 50 years she says. If you are interested in learning more, or reserving space on the tour, details are on her website – – or call 971/212-0514.

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